Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!)

Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!)

by Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt
     
 

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Every kid knows that pirates talk funny, swing a big sword, and seek buried treasure—don’t they? What do we really know about Blackbeard, Madame Cheng, Sir Francis Drake, and other men and women of pirate history? What drove them to sail the high seas? What were their bad habits, favorite foods, and silly quirks? And did they actually talk like that? See more details below

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Every kid knows that pirates talk funny, swing a big sword, and seek buried treasure—don’t they? What do we really know about Blackbeard, Madame Cheng, Sir Francis Drake, and other men and women of pirate history? What drove them to sail the high seas? What were their bad habits, favorite foods, and silly quirks? And did they actually talk like that?

     A lively style, lots of surprises, and solid research have made the Lives of . . . series of collective biographies popular with both kids and adults. Now the series returns, spanning the globe with profiles of the nineteen most notorious pirates in history.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE LIVES OF SERIES:
 
* "Living, breathing anecodotes—the stuff of which the best biography is made." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
"As addictive as it is fascinating."—The Horn Book Magazine
 
"Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage."—Kirkus Reviews
 
"An entertaining survey, of interest to adults as well as children."—The New York Times Book Review
 
* "Irresistible."—SLJ, starred review

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Based on a tantalizing mix of hard facts and credible rumors, Kathleen Krull's book (Harcourt, 2010) contain 20 brief biographies of pirates arranged chronologically. The earliest is Alvilda, a Scandinavian princess whose pirating helped her avoid an unwanted suitor. Kymberly Dakin narrates the women's tales, including Madame Cheng, the inspiration for the Dragon Lady in Terry and the Pirates; Grace O'Malley, the pirate queen; and Lady Mary Killigrew, among others. Ray Childs reads the stories of the male pirates, such as Sir Frances Drake, Captain Kidd, Black Beard, Jean Lafitte, Long John Silver, and others. Both narrators capture the irony and humor of the text, savoring the gossipy details of these sensational lives. Random sections called "Buried Treasure" tell of recent hunts for sunken ships and relate interesting developments in pirate lore. Krull vividly presents these swashbucklers and scoundrels, and their dramatic stories will excite the imaginations of listeners. A solid choice for school and public libraries.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544104952
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
Lives of... Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
872,448
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
NC1120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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